Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

Kate Graham, PhD & Samantha Wells, PhD

The evidence is clear that gender-based sexual violence is ubiquitous in drinking venues. Unlike other crimes, prevention of sexual violence has been historically the responsibility of the victim – potential victims, usually women (but increasingly 2SLGBTQ+ individuals), are told that they shouldn’t drink too much, shouldn’t dress or act a certain way, and that they should generally limit their freedoms to avoid being the targets of sexual violence. The time is long past overdue for the responsibility for preventing violence to be placed on perpetrators, complicit bystanders, and the social contexts, such as drinking venues, that encourage or tolerate sexual harassment and violence. This bill is an important step in that direction.